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>> axelrod: tonight, a blizzard's punch. a powerful storm dumps up to three feet of snow across the northeast. highways are shut power's out the surf surging. and our team of correspondents has the latest. new clues in the manhunt for the former l.a. cop on the run in california. carter evans reports. michelle obama attends the funeral of a 15-year-old shot to death in chicago. dean reynolds on the message of the service. and meet the meditation man. he thinks there ought to be a law to live more thoughtfully and is in position to get one passed. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news."
>> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod. travel bans in connecticut rhode island and massachusetts have been lifted, but moving about the northeast is still treacherous tonight. a fierce blizzard has buried cars on roads from new york to maine. up and down the coast, tides surged high, flooding low-lying areas, but the storm did spare most of the shoreline still recovering from super storm sandy. at least four deaths deaths are blamed on the storm, and high winds have left more than 600,000 customers without power. many areas had more than two and a half feet of snow. they got 40 inches in hampden, connecticut. we begin tonight with terrell brown in quincy massachusetts. terrell. >> reporter: residents are digging out from nearly three feet of snow that fell across the northeast, so much that snow plows could barely keep up and even first responders were stranded. portland maine got nearly 30 inches of snow, break a 1979 record. high tides and high winds along
the massachusetts coastline forced some residents to evacuate. governor deval patrick: >> the storm has largely passed through the commonwealth now. we're still dealing with some issues around coastal flooding. >> reporter: nearly 600,000 customers across four states lost power. in quincy massachusetts, almost the entire city was in the dark. >> your address, ma'am. >> reporter: the calls for help streamed into the emergency operations center, most from residents stranded at home with no heat. officer cheryl potter evacuated joannie alvarado and her baby daughter. it was potter's tenth rescue today. have you ever seen anything like this before? >> no, i haven't. not in my lifetime. >> reporter: heavy, wet snow and hurricane-force wind gusts toppled trees and power lines. nancy reid is the president of the power company for the region. when is the power coming back? >> well, this is going to be a multiday event. you know, this could be-- it could be monday. it could be tuesday.
people need to brace themselveses and they need to find shelter if they're cold. >> reporter: alvarado and her daughter will spend the night in the gym of this local high school until power is restored. to help massachusetts get power restored to neighborhoods like this, new york's governor is promising to send utility workers to help in the cleanup. tonight, temperatures in the boston area are expected to be in the teens and single digits. >> axelrod: terrell thanks. travel across the northeast is still very slow going this evening. we're at new york's j.f.k. airport with that part of the story. >> reporter: despite warnings not to drive last night, the snow swallowed up dozens of cars along the long island expressway, one of the region's busiest highways. even some emergency vehicles could not get through. at least 150 people spent the night in their cars. >> put on the three layers of clothing i brought, threw some blankets over me and went to sleep. >> mass transit systems work to
get back on schedule. amtrak service between northeast cities resumed, but service to hard-hit boston was canceled. >> it is really frustrating. >> reporter: donna has slept in new york's penn station the past two nights hoping to catch a train to visit her family. >> i thought maybe one night, you know, i'd be out of here. >> reporter: airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights today, but boston's logan was the only major airport closed. it was expected to reopen tonight. marietta dyer was among the passengers stranded at new york's j.f.k. airport waiting to visit her ailing father in peru. >> i'm just hoping that somebody will be able to make some sense and put us in a plane and send us to where we need to go. >> reporter: diane and robert's month-long vacation to south america has been delayed. >> if our flight tonight leaves at 10:55 we will have been at the airport for 30 hours. >> reporter: what's that like?
>> it's-- if i never see j.f.k. for a while i'll be very happy. >> reporter: saturday is considered a light travel day and that could help the airlines as they look to get back on track before the sunday evening rush. jim. >> axelrod: thank you, manuel. let's turn now to meteorologist jeff perdeli. you have been a weatherman nearly 20 years and have seen things you had never seen before. >> looking at the radar yesterday i was amazed how bright the colors were. at times it looked more like a hurricane than a blizzard. notice all the bright reds appearing. that's something you see in strong thunderstorms and all those bright blues, that's very, very heavy snow. in fact, we'll zoom in a little bit closer and notice over long island and connecticut, the really deep shades of blue. that's four to five inches an hour. and as you can imagine because it lasted for several hours, that really piles up very
quickly. >> axelrod: i understand people in the northeast may not get a chance to fully dig out of this storm before dealing with the next? >> the computer models models are hinting at another storm maybe a little further south, as early as wednesday and thursday and it could be a snowstorm. >> axelrod: jeff, thank you. in california they're calling the search for christopher dorner the most significant manhunt in the state's history. the fired los angeles cop who police believe is now targeting them is thought to be in the mountains east of los angeles. investigators discovered new clues today in his burned out pickup truck. carter evans picks up the story. >> reporter: it's been more than two days since investigators discovered the burnt out truck belonging to alleged cop killer christopher dorner. inside that truck, police sources tell cbs news investigators recovered weapons, including two long-range rifles with silencers, cold-weather survival gear along with night-vision goggles and a gas mask. it's unknown what supplies dorner was able to carry into
the remote mountains east of los angeles. dorner is accused of killing three people including a police officer and the daughter of a police captain part of a vendetta that stems from his firing as an l.a.p.d. officer in 2008. investigators have been on dorner's trail since the ex-cop essentially declared war on the l.a.p.d. earlier this week. police in southern california are on edge. several false sightings triggered big responses. in one case, officers opened fire on a truck similar to donor's, wounding two women. today, six l.a.p.d. officers involved in the shooing were place on administrative l >> you can't let your guard down. >> he's obviously someone who planned this for some time. this is a very very dangerous man. >> reporter: dorner has threatepped to attack what he calls target-rich environments. the grammys take place here in los angeles tomorrow night.
the los angeles pd will be out in force, not only looking out for the safety of celebrities, but also for themselves. jim. >> axelrod: carter evans in los angeles, thank you very much. mary ellen o'toole is a former profiler for the f.b.i. and joins us now in washington. mary ellen these latest reports of survival gear a broken axle on the truck, it would appear dorner has had to improvise. what's the likely effect on the search now that he's had a change of plans? >> it's likely he's making more and more mistakes, and in large part because he is now the person that is being hunted. he has no experience with that. he has training with l.a.p.d. he has training with the military but he's never been in the circumstance where people are now looking for him. so there's a lot of stress on him as well. and as that continues, he will begin to, i think, make more and more mistakes. >> axelrod: he was fired in 2008. it's now 2013.
why, if five years has elapsed, has he now chosen to snap? >> i do not believe that chris snapped at all. i think that this was a long long time in planning and i believe he pant sighted about doing this for a very long period of time. so as time goes on between when he lost his job and the moment he began to act out, everything that happened to him, he blamed los angeles pd. he did not snap though. he had been knowing about this. >> axelrod: but this is calculated. he doesn't snap. >> he did not snap. >> axelrod: mary ellen o'toole in washington thank you. later, a meditation on better living. volunteers from the caribbean repair homes damaged by super storm sandy. and gun violence victim is remembered at funeral services in chicago. those storyes when the cbs evening news continues.
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>> axelrod: in chicago today, first lady michelle obama joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral for a teenaged victim of gun violence. the death of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton has san a city where gang shootings are all too common. dean reynolds reports from chicago. >> reporter: they prayed today that the murder of hadiya pendleton may stop the carnage that grips chicago's poorest neighborhoods. her mother chepatry cowley, is latest to express her grief. >> you don't know how hard this really is, and those of you that do know how hard this is i'm sorry. i'm sorry. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama, the mother of two daughters, was among the mourners for the girl who was literally her neighbor. she was killed last month a mile
from the obamas' chicago home eight days after performing at inaugural events in washington. >> god bless everyone today. >> reporter: as they prepared to bury her, hadiya's teenaged friends mourned the death of their shared dreams. >> she always told me to do my best in school because we were going to go to college together. >> reporter: police say they are making progress in the hunt for the shooter, most likely a gang member, and that prompted father michael flager to call for action. >> we must interrupt the code of silence that is hiding people, killers in our own community and we must interrupt this evil that is snatching our future. >> reporter: hadiya's godfather, damen stewart, is a chicago police officer. >> do the simple things, police your own family. find someone with your blood that rines through your veins that you see falling down the wayside and make the decision you're not going to turn your back on them. >> reporter: the sad truth is similar calls have been made before at hundreds of other
funerals in this city. dean reynolds, cbs news chicago. >> axelrod: 506 people were murdered in chicago last year. 80% were shootings. gun violence will be on the agenda for president obama's state of the union address this tuesday night. keefe white house correspondent major garrett joins us now. major, how hard do you expect the president to push his case for gun control? >> reporter: well, he'll push it jim, but the president will use the state of the union address to talk about more things like the economy, expanding economic growth, and increasing jobs for american people. gun control will be mentioned but it won't be emphasized. economic news is still mixed and the president's approval ratings have dipped a bit recently. the white house knows americans are focused first and foremost on jobs and that issue has been on the backburner as the president almost exclusively in the early part of his second term has focused on gun control and immigration reform. >> gun control is a broad topic. how specific do you expect him to be tuesday night?
>> reporter: we're told, jim the president will talk about the three priorities he has already put before congress and the american people-- a ban on assault-style weapons, a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks on all fewer firearm sales. of these three, universal background checks are attracting most bipartisan support in the house and senate and it is this reform the white house is adamant about achieving. it will fight for the other two jim, but on the universal background checks, that's where the white house will really put its muscle. >> axelrod: major garrett at the white house for us tonight, thank you. up next, a man seeking peace of mind in one of the most contentious workplaces in america. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speeds relief to your worst cold symptoms plus has a decongestant for your stuffy nose. thanks. that's the cold truth! hey america, even though she doesn't need them, lisa rinna is wearing the depend silhouette briefs for charity to prove how great the fit is
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life. it can often seem as though we've squeezed out any time for thoughtfulness and contemplation as we go about our daily lives. but one man's got an idea how to change that and perhaps the power to do so. in the tranquility of his living room in youngstown ohio 39-year-old tim ripe is conducting his 30-minute morning ritual. ryan is meditating. slowing his breathing, clearing his head of clutter. >> how much faster literally, can we go? so we're, you know just so distracted all the time that you're actually missing your life. >> axelrod: if this all looks and sounds a big new-agey, guess again. congressman tim ryan will tell you the new age is now. >> it's a quiet revolution that's happening. >> reporter: ryan is a former high school football hero who has now written a book on
mindfulness. the group he thinks would benefit most from reading it? his colleagues on capitol hill. >> i can't think of a city in america less introspective than washington. >> yeah, that's true. it's a problem, and i think if you go back in the history of our country to the big mistakes that we made, it seems to me like we weren't seeing things quite clearly. a little high-five, come on. >> axelrod: ryan is pushing a curriculum called s.e.l., social emotional learning that teaches kid to relax, calming themselves into a state where they're better able to learn. juanita rodgers uses it in her kindergarten classroom in a tough neighborhood in youngstown. >> they have no control over where they come from. they have no control over where they live. when they close their eyes they can actually see themselves doing well in school. and when you can see it, it will happen. >> axelrod: in the last three years, they've seen double-digit improvements in read scores, but 10-year-old alissia thomas is
focused on other benefits, not measured by test results. do you need and the other kids need it find ways to be calm? >> yes. a lot of them do because of the anger. >> axelrod: what kind of anger? >> we have some fights and when they get angry, they go for the person they're angry at. they need to just be able to sit down and think of their happy place. >> axelrod: ryan will be introducing a bill that will help states implement s.e.l. standards and promote mindfulness in medical schools, teacher training programes, and to help treat veterans. >> it's happening now in the military, in the prisons. i think at some point, the more we understand about how the brain works, the more this is going to catch on. >> axelrod: according to the magazine "psychology today" somewhere near 10 million americans are practicing some sort of heditation. in brazil another way to take a break from the stresses of daily
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>> axelrod: there seems to be an endless number of ways to illustrate just how much snow has fallen in northeast we wanted to share with you three of our favorites. this is a front door in trump bell connecticut. look how high just about to the top of the door frame. in falmouth maine, 17-month-old mateo, is mesmerized and amber from massachusetts is speaking for many and that's without saying a single word. the big blizzard hit areas vathis barely started to recover from super storm sandy a little more than three months ago. fortunately, one new york city neighborhood is benefitting from what you might call island-to-island help. tony guida has the story. >> reporter: the language is creole. the message is "let's get to work rebuilding this damaged house." >> i'm here because after the big hurricane sandy, some of us saw how, you know.
>> reporter: frank joseph his colleagues are from haiti. they survived the 2010 earthquake that devastated their nation. and they haven't forgotten the kindness of so many american strangers. the haitians arrived thursday just in time for weather they've never seen-- icy temperatures and blizzard conditions as they began rehab work in a staten island neighborhood wrecked by super storm sandy. they were brought here by richard holtes whose foundation, he says built some 500 homes in haiti for people living in refugee campes after the earthquake. >> they were living on the dirt. they had nothing. they actually said to us "one day, we want to do what you're doing. we want to go and help people." >> reporter: hotes paired the haitians with local
contractors. >> well, the skills that you acquire here doing this help you back in haiti? >> we're learning right now. we'll go back to haiti and anybody who has this kind of work another i'm ready. >> reporter: he also learned something not useful in hateee how to have a snowball fight. the haitians will be in staten island through next week. >> from our hearts we're grateful to be here. >> here. >> reporter: they hope to help rebuild 100 homes by then. >> axelrod: and that is the cbs evening news for tonight. later on cbs, "48 hours." for all of us here at cbs news i'm jim axelrod in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org